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The Weekly Photo – October 31, 2011

Posted in Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , on October 31, 2011 by Darwin

Today I drove my friend David Topping to the airport in a snow storm. On the way home I saw that the Bow River between Calgary and Cochrane was full of fog, crazy cool clouds and the aspen trees were freshly frosted with snow as well. I immediately thought of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park with its high overviews of the Bow River Valley.  But I had an appointment with the dentist for a ‘tooth emergency’. So… the photos went un-taken and the toothache won out.

I have a photo from the Glenbow Ranch taken in August with fog in the valley to remind me of what I missed today (click on the photo to see a larger version). Sometimes pain trumps photos.

©Darwin Wiggett

Canon Rebel T2i camera, Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 lens (1/4s at f8 at 50mm), Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer and Singh-Ray 2-stop hard-edge grad filter over the sky — image cropped slightly in post.


Fabulous Film Fridays – October 28, 2011

Posted in Fabulous Film Fridays with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2011 by Darwin

In early September, Samantha, Hiroaki Kobayashi and I went on an afternoon film outing at the RancheHouse in Cochrane, Alberta. Both Sam and Hiro shot with their 4×5 view cameras while I used Linny, my Linhof 6×12 panorama camera. Sam posted her results last week and you can see Hiro’s results at this link. Below are my three favorite shots from the session. Click on each image to see a much larger version.

©Darwin Wiggett - Fujichrome Velvia 50 film

©Darwin Wiggett - Fujichrome 50 Velia film

©Darwin Wiggett - Fujichrome 50 Velvia film

The Weekly Photo – September 12, 2011

Posted in Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , on September 12, 2011 by Darwin

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A bike trail at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park near Cochrane, Alberta (Canon Rebel T2i, Sigma 17-50mm lens, 5 seconds at f8, Singh-Ray 3-stop hard-edge grad over sky).

Film Friday – August 18, 2011 – One Roll of Film, Six Photos

Posted in Fabulous Film Fridays, Photography Gear, TCBlog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2011 by Darwin

Last week I took Linny, the Linhof 6×12 medium format film camera out for a morning shoot. I put a roll of 120 Fuji NPS 160 ISO film in the camera and was determined to shoot the entire roll of film that morning. But one roll of 120 in a 6×12 camera gives you only six shots! So I needed to be really selective about what I shot if I wanted each shot to be useable. Below are the six photos I came up with that morning. Click on any photo to see a larger version.

And for those of you that missed last week’s Film Friday, check out what Samantha did with the Fuji 645 Pro camera on a stroll in around Mitford Ponds in Cochrane.

©Darwin Wiggett

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©Darwin Wiggett

Fabulous Film Fridays – July 22, 2011

Posted in Art of Photography, Fabulous Film Fridays with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2011 by Darwin

Early in June I walked around my hometown of Cochrane, Alberta mid-afternoon for an hour and snapped these four photos using Gail my Fuji GA 645 medium format point-n-shoot camera. I used Fuij NPS160 film.

©Darwin Wiggett - Cochrane Main Street with approaching storm

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©Darwin Wiggett

Weekly Photo – May 23, 2011

Posted in Art of Photography, Techniques, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , on May 23, 2011 by Darwin

In the spring, about one week before the trees burst out their fresh leaves, the buds and stems of the trees just seem to glow with colour. I am not sure why this happens but it does! I like to go out on a bright overcast day with a long lens, my Sigma 120-400mm lens gives me the most flexibility, and I use a polarizer to saturate colours. This photo was taken on May 6. To see a larger version just click on the image.

©Darwin Wiggett

The Weekly Photo – May 2, 2011

Posted in Good News, Photography Gear, TCBlog, VWBlog, Weekly Photo with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2011 by Darwin

On April 26 I went out to photograph the newly blooming prairie crocuses that were popping up all over the wild spaces here in Cochrane, Alberta. I was busy with my Canon Rebel T2i and my Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 lens on extension tubes photographing the crocus below:

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Out of the corner of my eye I saw movement and looked behind me to see what I first thought was a dog coming over to visit me. A quick second glance told me this was not dog! A coyote was only 3 feet away from me! I grabbed the camera off the tipod and made this snapshot! You can see the Cochrane water treatment plant in the backround.

©Darwin Wiggett - A surprise guest! (shot at 21mm!)

The coyote was extremely brazen and then walked over to my f-stop photo bag and sniffed it.

©Darwin Wiggett - coming in for the snatch!

Right after I snapped the shot above the coyote made a dash for my camera bag and started hauling it away! Needless to say, I grabbed the bag and tugged it away from the coyote (hey, no one is taking my f-stop bag from me!).

The coyote then ran above me on the hill and looked off into the distance with enough time for me to take another photo using the pop-up fill flash on the Rebel.

©Darwin Wiggett - Coyote in Cochrane, Alberta

The coyote lost interest in my camera bag and slowly wandered down the hill and into the river valley. I was left dumbfounded by the encounter (someone must be feeding this coyote for it to be this forward with humans!).

Minutes later I saw an osprey take a large trout from the Bow River! It was a crazy day for wildlife encounters! I went back to making macro photographs but just could not believe what happened to me. BTW, the f-stop bag  (a Tilopa) withstood the attack by the coyote with no harm done to it!

©Darwin Wiggett